Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 21: Thirsty Thursday Ginger Apple Cider Fizz

It is almost Friday! Today, despite the fact that it is the last week of Vegan MoFo (where did September go?!), I am posting the very first official Thirsty Thursday recipe. Thirsty Thursday is a trusty little invention that gives you the burst of ambition, fearlessness, and energy to make it through Friday and finally to the weekend.  

Or at least this probably applies to most people. Me on the other hand, I don't currently get weekends and I probably won't until December is over. I'm still trying to finish my graduate research, which I would like to have mostly wrapped up before I start my real job in a week (at this point this feels impossible). I'm also doing an internship for about 10 hours a week. So it's a lil' crazy right now.

I'm pretty sure that since I moved to Boston I've always had about three different things on my plate. I worked at a cafe, and then at the admissions office to a wildlife sanctuary/local farm. But at the same time I volunteered to work with penguins and did research at a wildlife clinic. And then I did another internship with Humane Society International. And then school started and I had to wrap up that internship, and then I got a graduate research assistant position and then here I am with my thesis, another internship, and my first real job. There's never enough hours in the day and to think about it all makes me sleepy. I have loved all the amazing opportunities that I have been given here in Boston and I have enjoyed every second of it, even on the numerous all-nighters I had to pull during the last year to get my assignments done. But I am also really looking forward to life on a normal schedule, with a normal workload (i.e. 40 hours a week not all hours of the day). And there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Come December my internship will end, with any luck I will have completed all the requirements for graduation, and when I come back to work after Christmas, I can look forward to having exactly one, full-time commitment and a regular adult schedule (with the exception of working with people across the world who are in different time zones, but really, that's fine by me because that's actually really exciting). 

I'm really looking forward to coming home and having the evening to do with as I please. I'm looking forward to relearning how to knit, reading this stack of books that has been haunting me, and working on this blog. And also finding a horse rescue to volunteer at. (I'm. So. Excited.)

So, that said, maybe it makes more sense why there haven't been any Thirsty Thursday posts. Thursday rolls around and it's like, I really don't have the time to drink right now because I have to work until 1 in the morning on this project. So last weekend I was prepared. I took pictures of this drink so that everyone with a normal, structured life could enjoy at least one Thirsty Thursday. So here it is: Fall in a Glass. I give you the "Ginger Apple Cider Fizz" 

The key to success here is to use ginger BEER, preferably Reed's Extra Ginger Brew. If you use something like Canada Dry Ginger Ale all you will get is a cloyingly sweet concoction that will probably make you wish you had never lived come morning. 

Ginger Apple Cider Fizz

Makes: 1 cocktail

Time: 2 minutes

1 shot bourbon
1 shot apple cider
1 1/4 shot ginger beer (NOT ginger ale, preferably Reed's Extra Ginger Brew)
Dash of cinnamon
Cinnamon stick
Apple sliver

Pour the bourbon, cider and ginger beer into a glass. Dash with cinnamon and stir. Add the cinnamon stick and apple sliver to make it pretty, but they're not absolutely necessary. To make the apple slivers simply cut an apple along it's horizontal axis, and then make a cut from the edge, to the center of the little star where the seeds were. You can use this slit to attach the apple slice to the rim of the glass.



  1. I'm not a drinker, but I LOVE Reed's Ginger Beer. So I'm just going to have to mix up a mock version of this. It's so pretty and sounds wonderful

    1. I know, the Ginger beer is first rate! I think making this without the bourbon would still be really great, you can hardly taste the bourbon as it is! And the ginger+apple is such a tasty combo! :)